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A quirky, scrappy, utterly pointless show featuring freewheeling conversations with eccentric guests. Hosted by Rayna Jhaveri.

Latest Episodes

First Farter (feat. Sophie Crafts)

Have you been putting off a burning desire? Are you afraid of being judged negatively, of not being "good enough?" My guest today is the thoughtful, eccentric and utterly creative accordion player, street performer and world-travelling puppeteer Sophie Crafts, of Sophie's Smokin' Squeezebox. We speak about her journey into street performance, the massively understated worth of getting oneself out there messily, imperfectly and quickly, and Sophie introduces me to the hilarious and highly useful theory of being a First Farter. (Yes, you heard that right. No, it isn't a typo.) She also shares a personal story about her wake-up moment to race relations, white privilege, and taking intentional action. I hope you can find a little tidbit of wisdom just for you right here on The Rayna Sense. Featuring the song Stayin' Alive with Sophie on accordion and her marionette Sylvie on bells and percussion.

72 MIN3 w ago
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First Farter (feat. Sophie Crafts)

A Great Pattern (feat. Nancy & James Burrows)

Has life ever thrown you a curveball? James Burrows was born with perfect pitch, and autism. Today I speak with his mother Nancy in Baltimore, Maryland, about the incredible musical journey James has had with the support of his whole family: from how his gift showed up in infancy, had him eating meals only in the car because the sound of the refrigerator compressor would startle him, finding the perfect mentor in an up-and-coming local beatboxer, graduating from high school during a pandemic, and being featured on NPR. James joins us on the interview briefly towards the end, talking about synesthesia and doing an impressive mental scan of his entire SoundCloud catalog to pick out a tune that features his current favorite note, F#. The episode includes two original tunes by James: This Connects to my Happiness, and A Great Pattern. It's a timely story of acceptance, resilience and adaptability, right here on The Rayna Sense.

69 MINJUL 14
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A Great Pattern (feat. Nancy & James Burrows)

Pieces of Us (feat. Diti Kotecha)

It's Plastic-Free July! My guest today is Diti Kotecha, co-founder of the sustainable, vegan, eco-friendly plastic-upcycling initiative Thela, which she runs out of Athens, Greece. She is one of the few people in the world I know who REALLY walks their walk, standing firm in her values and beliefs without being rigid. Her company rescues discarded plastic bags, turns them into plastic yarn (or "plarn"), and uses traditional techniques like crocheting and weaving to make gorgeous, useful stuff like housewares, pouches, purses, jewelry and accessories. Not only does she significantly delay plastic from entering landfills, but her work also helps revive traditional handicrafts in the state of Gujarat in India, provides respectable employment to village women, waste collectors, skilled artisans, senior citizens, and prison inmates; saves cattle and other roaming animals from choking on waste plastic; and educates collaborators and consumers around the world on how to REALLY live a more sustainable life. I couldn't be more proud to count her as a friend, and have her as an ally for the planet. I hope you're inspired to make a change by this special episode of The Rayna Sense.

64 MINJUL 8
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Pieces of Us (feat. Diti Kotecha)

The Best Version of Me (feat. Kaajal Badlani Choppra)

What were you like when you were young? It's been over a decade since I spoke to my guest today, my cousin Kaajal Badlani Choppra. We were kindred spirits as kids and, while our lives have changed wildly since, nothing about our deep connection has. We delve into the past, discover so many forgotten and untold stories about ourselves and each other, exchange mutual admiration for the courage, boldness and madness that's a signature for strong women in our lineage. Kaajal shares parts of her tumultuous journey into herself: hard truths, honesty, healing, and growth. She's my people, and so are you if you're here with me on The Rayna Sense.

67 MINJUL 5
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The Best Version of Me (feat. Kaajal Badlani Choppra)

The Great Letting Go (feat. Walter Sickert & Edrie Edrie)

EMy guests today are the psychedelic, intergalactic, time-and-space-travelling love warriors and sparkle-fiends Walter Sickert and Edrie Edrie, of long-standing Boston art house band Walter Sickert and the ARmy of BRoken TOys. Their stage shows are legendary: bizarre and delightful and dark in equal amounts, with a badass band family of the most stylish and gifted circus freaqs you'll ever see. You should definitely check out their massive catalog of music on Bandcamp, and also check out Bunker Buds, a nightly freestyle quarantine show they stream live on Facebook from Witch Castle. We go deep fast, like old friends, talking about the importance of joy and silliness especially in dire times; about pipe cleaners and space bats and tribe-finding and love healing, and both Walter and I share aspects of ourselves that we haven't really done publicly before. Featuring the song Whole Way Down from the Toys album Come Black Magic. It's one weird trip coming up right here on The Rayna Sense.

71 MINJUN 26
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The Great Letting Go (feat. Walter Sickert & Edrie Edrie)

Bring Your Floaties (feat. Anthony Avila)

"Bring your floaties, cuz we goin' deep!" My guest Anthony Avila calls in from Tucson, Arizona. We met a few years ago at an, ahem, "business conference," which was basically a weekend festival of self-development nerds, and got along right away. We've been meaning to talk ever since, and it took me starting a podcast for that to actually happen because, well, life. Yet we dive right into the deep end without missing a beat, as if we'd known each other all our lives. Anthony is quite an extraordinary person, as you'll discover, especially in his dedication to help other grown men and male-presenting youth get to know and express their feelings. It's all warm and wet and fuzzy, coming up right here on The Rayna Sense.

71 MINJUN 25
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Bring Your Floaties (feat. Anthony Avila)

Hold The Line (feat. Jake Tringali)

Establishing a good connection is hard. Holding on to it sometimes feels impossible. I talk with my guest Jake Tringali, aka Jake the Poet, about finding and holding on to connections (and also, letting them go). We broach the subjects of childhood slights and insights, names changed intentionally and accidentally, and he shares the story of discovering the Iceland Phallological Museum—essentially, a dick exhibit—and how he chased his dream of making a contribution. The show opens with the improvised mandolin tune “Little Ditty” by Jake.

68 MINJUN 24
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Hold The Line (feat. Jake Tringali)

Mean Streak (feat. Lisa Said)

Oh my goodness there is SO much I can say about this episode. Lisa and I go way, way back: not just years, but probably lifetimes. She's a cool cat, a true punk, a moody and marvelous purple Egyptian queen with attitude, sass, and the wisdom that comes with age and scars. My sinistah twisted sistah from another mistah joins me from Lisbon, Portugal, and we have a BLAST exploring our dark sides, our shadow selves, our mean streaks honestly and openly together. If you've ever wondered what it's like when mischievous witches meet in secret, well, this is it. Featuring the song MEAN STREAK by Lisa's former band Piramid Scheme from their 2020 EP "Seen This Before".

80 MINJUN 22
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Mean Streak (feat. Lisa Said)

The Devil’s in the Doodle (feat. Brett Davey)

PR pro Brett Davey is somehow simultaneously warm as a hug and cool as a cucumber, especially under pressure. We talk about door-to-door salesmen, the appropriate age at which to start wearing Velcro sneakers, his time in front of a grand jury, and his failed career as an ice-cream truck driver. We even talk about the weather, a topic I only reserve for special occasions. It’s all a delightful mess, coming up next here on The Rayna Sense.

57 MINJUN 18
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The Devil’s in the Doodle (feat. Brett Davey)

Groove is in the Heart (feat. Nat Hefferman)

My guest today is Nathaniel Hefferman. Nat and I share a love of playing in bands, of embracing change and taking chances and getting past perfectionism to find the fun in creating stuff and putting it out there for others to enjoy. We swap musical origin stories, theorize about instrument personalities, and talk about the bliss of being out of our heads and deep in the zone when improvising. And finally, Nat shares a song from a VERY creative audiovisual project he made from 0 to 100 in a single weekend, involving him playing 10 different instruments in 10 different outfits while his wife was out, because this is the kind of joyful mischief that makes brass band players tick.

51 MINJUN 14
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Groove is in the Heart (feat. Nat Hefferman)

Latest Episodes

First Farter (feat. Sophie Crafts)

Have you been putting off a burning desire? Are you afraid of being judged negatively, of not being "good enough?" My guest today is the thoughtful, eccentric and utterly creative accordion player, street performer and world-travelling puppeteer Sophie Crafts, of Sophie's Smokin' Squeezebox. We speak about her journey into street performance, the massively understated worth of getting oneself out there messily, imperfectly and quickly, and Sophie introduces me to the hilarious and highly useful theory of being a First Farter. (Yes, you heard that right. No, it isn't a typo.) She also shares a personal story about her wake-up moment to race relations, white privilege, and taking intentional action. I hope you can find a little tidbit of wisdom just for you right here on The Rayna Sense. Featuring the song Stayin' Alive with Sophie on accordion and her marionette Sylvie on bells and percussion.

72 MIN3 w ago
Comments
First Farter (feat. Sophie Crafts)

A Great Pattern (feat. Nancy & James Burrows)

Has life ever thrown you a curveball? James Burrows was born with perfect pitch, and autism. Today I speak with his mother Nancy in Baltimore, Maryland, about the incredible musical journey James has had with the support of his whole family: from how his gift showed up in infancy, had him eating meals only in the car because the sound of the refrigerator compressor would startle him, finding the perfect mentor in an up-and-coming local beatboxer, graduating from high school during a pandemic, and being featured on NPR. James joins us on the interview briefly towards the end, talking about synesthesia and doing an impressive mental scan of his entire SoundCloud catalog to pick out a tune that features his current favorite note, F#. The episode includes two original tunes by James: This Connects to my Happiness, and A Great Pattern. It's a timely story of acceptance, resilience and adaptability, right here on The Rayna Sense.

69 MINJUL 14
Comments
A Great Pattern (feat. Nancy & James Burrows)

Pieces of Us (feat. Diti Kotecha)

It's Plastic-Free July! My guest today is Diti Kotecha, co-founder of the sustainable, vegan, eco-friendly plastic-upcycling initiative Thela, which she runs out of Athens, Greece. She is one of the few people in the world I know who REALLY walks their walk, standing firm in her values and beliefs without being rigid. Her company rescues discarded plastic bags, turns them into plastic yarn (or "plarn"), and uses traditional techniques like crocheting and weaving to make gorgeous, useful stuff like housewares, pouches, purses, jewelry and accessories. Not only does she significantly delay plastic from entering landfills, but her work also helps revive traditional handicrafts in the state of Gujarat in India, provides respectable employment to village women, waste collectors, skilled artisans, senior citizens, and prison inmates; saves cattle and other roaming animals from choking on waste plastic; and educates collaborators and consumers around the world on how to REALLY live a more sustainable life. I couldn't be more proud to count her as a friend, and have her as an ally for the planet. I hope you're inspired to make a change by this special episode of The Rayna Sense.

64 MINJUL 8
Comments
Pieces of Us (feat. Diti Kotecha)

The Best Version of Me (feat. Kaajal Badlani Choppra)

What were you like when you were young? It's been over a decade since I spoke to my guest today, my cousin Kaajal Badlani Choppra. We were kindred spirits as kids and, while our lives have changed wildly since, nothing about our deep connection has. We delve into the past, discover so many forgotten and untold stories about ourselves and each other, exchange mutual admiration for the courage, boldness and madness that's a signature for strong women in our lineage. Kaajal shares parts of her tumultuous journey into herself: hard truths, honesty, healing, and growth. She's my people, and so are you if you're here with me on The Rayna Sense.

67 MINJUL 5
Comments
The Best Version of Me (feat. Kaajal Badlani Choppra)

The Great Letting Go (feat. Walter Sickert & Edrie Edrie)

EMy guests today are the psychedelic, intergalactic, time-and-space-travelling love warriors and sparkle-fiends Walter Sickert and Edrie Edrie, of long-standing Boston art house band Walter Sickert and the ARmy of BRoken TOys. Their stage shows are legendary: bizarre and delightful and dark in equal amounts, with a badass band family of the most stylish and gifted circus freaqs you'll ever see. You should definitely check out their massive catalog of music on Bandcamp, and also check out Bunker Buds, a nightly freestyle quarantine show they stream live on Facebook from Witch Castle. We go deep fast, like old friends, talking about the importance of joy and silliness especially in dire times; about pipe cleaners and space bats and tribe-finding and love healing, and both Walter and I share aspects of ourselves that we haven't really done publicly before. Featuring the song Whole Way Down from the Toys album Come Black Magic. It's one weird trip coming up right here on The Rayna Sense.

71 MINJUN 26
Comments
The Great Letting Go (feat. Walter Sickert & Edrie Edrie)

Bring Your Floaties (feat. Anthony Avila)

"Bring your floaties, cuz we goin' deep!" My guest Anthony Avila calls in from Tucson, Arizona. We met a few years ago at an, ahem, "business conference," which was basically a weekend festival of self-development nerds, and got along right away. We've been meaning to talk ever since, and it took me starting a podcast for that to actually happen because, well, life. Yet we dive right into the deep end without missing a beat, as if we'd known each other all our lives. Anthony is quite an extraordinary person, as you'll discover, especially in his dedication to help other grown men and male-presenting youth get to know and express their feelings. It's all warm and wet and fuzzy, coming up right here on The Rayna Sense.

71 MINJUN 25
Comments
Bring Your Floaties (feat. Anthony Avila)

Hold The Line (feat. Jake Tringali)

Establishing a good connection is hard. Holding on to it sometimes feels impossible. I talk with my guest Jake Tringali, aka Jake the Poet, about finding and holding on to connections (and also, letting them go). We broach the subjects of childhood slights and insights, names changed intentionally and accidentally, and he shares the story of discovering the Iceland Phallological Museum—essentially, a dick exhibit—and how he chased his dream of making a contribution. The show opens with the improvised mandolin tune “Little Ditty” by Jake.

68 MINJUN 24
Comments
Hold The Line (feat. Jake Tringali)

Mean Streak (feat. Lisa Said)

Oh my goodness there is SO much I can say about this episode. Lisa and I go way, way back: not just years, but probably lifetimes. She's a cool cat, a true punk, a moody and marvelous purple Egyptian queen with attitude, sass, and the wisdom that comes with age and scars. My sinistah twisted sistah from another mistah joins me from Lisbon, Portugal, and we have a BLAST exploring our dark sides, our shadow selves, our mean streaks honestly and openly together. If you've ever wondered what it's like when mischievous witches meet in secret, well, this is it. Featuring the song MEAN STREAK by Lisa's former band Piramid Scheme from their 2020 EP "Seen This Before".

80 MINJUN 22
Comments
Mean Streak (feat. Lisa Said)

The Devil’s in the Doodle (feat. Brett Davey)

PR pro Brett Davey is somehow simultaneously warm as a hug and cool as a cucumber, especially under pressure. We talk about door-to-door salesmen, the appropriate age at which to start wearing Velcro sneakers, his time in front of a grand jury, and his failed career as an ice-cream truck driver. We even talk about the weather, a topic I only reserve for special occasions. It’s all a delightful mess, coming up next here on The Rayna Sense.

57 MINJUN 18
Comments
The Devil’s in the Doodle (feat. Brett Davey)

Groove is in the Heart (feat. Nat Hefferman)

My guest today is Nathaniel Hefferman. Nat and I share a love of playing in bands, of embracing change and taking chances and getting past perfectionism to find the fun in creating stuff and putting it out there for others to enjoy. We swap musical origin stories, theorize about instrument personalities, and talk about the bliss of being out of our heads and deep in the zone when improvising. And finally, Nat shares a song from a VERY creative audiovisual project he made from 0 to 100 in a single weekend, involving him playing 10 different instruments in 10 different outfits while his wife was out, because this is the kind of joyful mischief that makes brass band players tick.

51 MINJUN 14
Comments
Groove is in the Heart (feat. Nat Hefferman)
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